We left Etzweiler to have a look at the huge mining pit from an
'Aussichtspunt' (viewpoint), which was really impressive. Somewhere
below us a bulldozer was moving sand around. A shovel of sand from
a bulldozer is quite a lot of sand, but compared to the pit
it was like using a teaspoon on the beach.
Too wide, but too good to leave it
The pit is about 84 km2 (kilometers)
large and a few 100 meters deep. A bit right of the middle of the
picture you can vaguely see one of the mining machines.
a measure of scale, this is one of the machines in 'close up'. The
digging wheel alone has a diameter of 20 meters. (Picture borrowed
Turning around we could see the smoke of another power station on
the horizon. We decided to take a closer look and just drove towards